Sharpton to rally in 100 cities over Martin death

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By SHAQUILLE BREWSTER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton says there will be vigils and rallies in 100 cities this weekend to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman's acquittal over the weekend in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin has touched off protests around the country.

Sharpton announced the plan Tuesday at a news conference outside the Justice Department with several ministers. He did not say which cities are involved, but did say the rallies and vigils will be staged Saturday at federal buildings.

The Justice Department is investigating whether Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights when he shot the 17-year-old during a February 2012 confrontation in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman said he fired his gun in self-defense.

A six-member jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

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